Photos: High school basketball’s state championship weekend

Southern California News Group photographer Keith Birmingham covered the CIF State basketball championship games Friday and Saturday in Sacramento.

Take a look at the great plays, dramatic moments and postgame celebrations.

Karma Paez #14 of Granada Hills passes against Caruthers in the first half of a CIF State Division III girls basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Gabriella Arellano #11 of Granada Hills drives to the basket against Gizelle Aguirre #3 of Caruthers in the first half of a CIF State Division III girls basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Karma Paez #14 of Granada Hills passes against Caruthers in the first half of a CIF State Division III girls basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Karma Paez #14 of Granada Hills Takes a elbow to the face by Juliana Lemus #4 of Caruthers in the second half of a CIF State Division III girls basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Caruthers defeated Granada Hills 54-48 to win a CIF State Division III girls basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Jared Mims #1 of Alemany drives to the basket against Ben Dotten #12 of Santa Cruz in the second half of a CIF State Division III boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Alemany celebrates after defeating Santa Cruz 63-53 to win a CIF State Division III boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Oyinkan Iriafen #21 of Harvard-Westlake shoots against Colfax in the second half of a CIF State Division II girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Oyinkan Iriafen #21 of Harvard-Westlake shoots against Colfax in the second half of a CIF State Division II girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Robert Hinton #2 of Harvard-Westlake reacts after a offensive foul as Elias Obenyah #2 of Salesian College Prep looks down in the second half of a CIF State Division Open Division boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Head coach David Rebibo of Harvard-Westlake holds up the trophy as they celebrate after defeating Salesian College Prep 50-45 to win a CIF State Division Open Division boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Etiwanda defeated Archbishop Mitty 60-48 to win a CIF State Open Division girls basketball game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Jayla Stokes #2 of Bishop O’Dowd fights for the ball against Bishop Montgomery in the first half of a CIF State Division I girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Sophia Dignadic #12 of Bishop Montgomery drives to the basket against Myella Chapman #21 of Bishop O’Dowd in the first half of a CIF State Division I girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Dominic Perfetti #13 of St. John Bosco shoots against San Ramon Valley in the first half of a CIF State Division I boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Jack Turner #10 of St. John Bosco shoots against San Ramon Valley in the first half of a CIF State Division I boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

St. John Bosco celebrates after defeating San Ramon Valley 78-62 to win a CIF State Division I boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Miles Jones #1 of San Ramon Valley looks toward the video board after St. John Bosco defeated San Ramon Valley 78-62 to win a CIF State Division I boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Taj Unuakhalu #21 of Chatsworth drives to the basket against Monterey in the first half of a CIF State Division IV boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas talks with his son Alijah Arenas of Chatsworth at halftime against Monterey during a CIF State Division IV boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Head coach Melissa Hearlihy holds the trophy with her team after Harvard-Westlake defeated Colfax 60-46 to win a CIF State Division II girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Georges Abdulnour #11 of Verdugo Hills drives to the basket against Athenian in the first half of a CIF State Division V boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Alexander Martinez #25 of Verdugo Hills reaches for the rebound against Athenian in the second half of a CIF State Division V boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Atiya Watson #24 of Bishop Montgomery reaches for the loose ball against Ella Bibbins #14 of Bishop O’Dowd in the first half of a CIF State Division I girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Head coach Rheina Ale of Bishop Montgomery reacts against Bishop O’Dowd in the second half of a CIF State Division I girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Alemany celebrates after defeating Santa Cruz 63-53 to win a CIF State Division III boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Alemany celebrates after defeating Santa Cruz 63-53 to win a CIF State Division III boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Oyinkan Iriafen #21 of Harvard-Westlake fights for the loose ball against Juliette James #55 of Colfax in the first half of a CIF State Division II girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Alijah Arenas #0 of Chatsworth shoots against Monterey in the first half of a CIF State Division IV boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Amir Jones, right, celebrates with teammate Isaiah Carroll #24 of Harvard-Westlakeafter after defeating Salesian College Prep 50-45 to win a CIF State Division Open Division boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Kennedy Smith #11 hugs teammate Grace Knox #23 as Etiwanda defeated Archbishop Mitty 60-48 to win a CIF State Open Division girls basketball game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Kennedy Smith #11 of Etiwanda Drives to the basket against McKenna Woliczko #20 of Archbishop Mitty in the first half of a CIF State Open Division girls basketball game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Ricardo Hernandez #22 of Verdugo Hills inbounds the ball off the leg of Surya Devasenapathy #3 of Athenian in the first half of a CIF State Division V boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Georges Abdulnour #11 of Verdugo Hills drives to the basket against Athenian in the first half of a CIF State Division V boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Alexander Martinez #25 of Verdugo Hills loses the ball against Athenian in the second half of a CIF State Division V boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Alemany celebrates after defeating Santa Cruz 63-53 to win a CIF State Division III boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake celebrates after defeating Colfax 60-46 to win a CIF State Division II girls basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Kennedy Smith #11 of Etiwanda Drives to the basket against Archbishop Mitty in the first half of a CIF State Open Division girls basketball game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Head coach Matt Dunn of St. John Bosco hugs Elzie Harrington #3 of St. John Bosco after defeating San Ramon Valley 78-62 to win a CIF State Division I boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Nasir Jones #13 of Chatsworth drives to the basket against Monterey in the first half of a CIF State Division IV boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Alijah Arenas #0 of Chatsworth fights for the ball against Jamar Aquino#23 of Monterey in the first half of a CIF State Division IV boys basketball championship game the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Kennedy Smith #11 hugs teammate Mykelle Richards #22 as Etiwanda defeated Archbishop Mitty 60-48 to win a CIF State Open Division girls basketball game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

Head coach David Rebibo of Harvard-Westlake holds up the trophy as they celebrate after defeating Salesian College Prep 50-45 to win a CIF State Division Open Division boys basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday, March 9, 2024. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

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Friday’s results

BOYS

Division I: St. John Bosco 78, San Ramon Valley 62

Division III: Alemany 63, Santa Cruz 53

Division V: Athenian 67, Verdugo Hills 49

GIRLS

Division I: Bishop Montgomery 52, Bishop O’Dowd 40

Division III: Caruthers 54, Granada Hills 48

Division V: Oakland 56, San Diego Montgomery 50

Saturday’s results

BOYS

Division IV: Monterey 74, Chatsworth 66

Division II: Oakland Tech 79, Bakersfield Centennial 55

Open Division: Harvard-Westlake 50, Richmond Salesian 45

GIRLS

Division IV: Eureka St. Bernard’s 47, Grossmont 29

Division II: Harvard-Westlake 60, Colfax 45

Open Division: Etiwanda 60, Archbishop Mitty 48

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